IEEE Texas Panhandle Section

IEEE Pandhandle Section PES Meeting Announcement: “Practical Communications Considerations for Mission Critical Applications”

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Panhandle Section of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

The Power & Energy Society



Topic:       “Practical Communications Considerations for Mission Critical Applications”

Speaker:  Adrian Zvarych, Power Grid Engineering Company

When:       Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:45 am to 1:30 pm

Where:        Amarillo Club Sunburst room, 30th floor Chase Tower
600 South Tyler St
Amarillo, TX 79101

Attire:          Business Casual

Cost:            $15.00 per person
payable to IEEE Panhandle Section at the door

Meal:           Buffet Style Lunch

RSVP:         Please make reservations by COB on Wednesday, May 21 with Mohsen Ghavami at (806) 378-2787 or by e-mail at “”.

Adrian Zvarych Bio

Adrian Zvarych received his BSEE from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1982.  Over his first 24 years, he developed Protection & Control, SCADA, and IT-Telecom skills at FPL, Oglethorpe Power Corp, and Duke Energy  Florida.  He has been in the consulting industry since 2007, working for TRC, Schweitzer Engineering Labs, and now Power Grid Engineering.  Adrian has been fortunate to support utility projects including network-wide migrations from pilot-wire systems to fiber networks.  He has developed and implemented secure, network-wide and substation architectures as utilities are migrating from serial data to packet-based data connectivity for SCADA and other functions.  Adrian is a professional musician and volunteers at the local United Methodist Children’s Home and at church.  He resides in Debary FL, where he shares life with his wife of 32 years , Sharon, and their daughter Tina.

About the Presentation

Technology in the IT and Telecom industry has been rapidly changing for the past 15 years.  Today’s electric utilities are under rising pressure from local telephone companies to migrate toward packet-based communications systems to transport data between sites.  Yet, some mission-critical applications such as transmission line relaying can present performance challenges to packet-based networks.  Find out more about the fundamentals of legacy Time Division Multiplexed (TDM), Synchronous Optical NETwork (SONET) and packet-based data delivery methods, and what it can mean to the performance of a protective relay system or other applications.

About Power Grid Engineering

Power Grid Engineering, LLC (PGE) specializes in engineering design and consultation for the power systems industry. Our corporate headquarters, located in Central Florida and our offices in Birmingham, AL, Raleigh, NC and Wichita, KS are equipped with the most current computer technologies, software, equipment and resources available in the industry.

The founders of PGE are dedicated to providing the highest quality services and product design to our clientele. The members of our corporate leadership team provide our clients with experience and qualifications earned over decades of providing utility-grade engineering services to some of the largest investor-owned utility companies in the U.S.

PGE is proud to have developed in-house project teams comprised of highly-qualified technical engineers and operational professionals, with exceptional Quality Assurance (QA) processes assuring our clients superior levels of service and excellence.

From inception, our team has banded together with our clients and partners to exceed all expectations  whether related to service, quality or revenue generation  PGE has enjoyed healthy and consistent growth despite turbulent economic conditions. We are honored to work with various utility companies, across the country and abroad, from small industrial entities to Fortune 250 investor-owned utility companies.


UPDATE: IEEE Professional Development Seminar Spring 2014

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

As usual, Dustin put on an excellent seminar. I’d like to extend a big thank you to all of the speakers and volunteers.

See you in the fall!














Texas PE onsite fingerprinting session at Zachry Engineering

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Esteemed IEEE members,

Zachry Engineering Corporation is hosting a special fingerprinting session on March 11 from 8:30am-3pm for engineers registered as a PE in Texas that have not been fingerprinted yet.  If you wish to attend this session, please follow the instructions in the attached word document, and respond to this email and let me know that you have signed up.  The registration deadline is 3pm on Monday March 10.  If you have questions, you can contact myself or Preston Kennedy, the electrical engineering manager at Zachry, who is included on this email.

Thanks all!

IEEE Spring 2014 Professional Development Seminar – Thursday March 27, 2014

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Spring 2014 Professional Development Seminar

9:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday, March 27, 2014

Amarillo College Business and Industry Center

1314 South Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas


Board Update and Ethics

Presented by Mr. Charles Pennington, Engineering Specialist, Texas Board of Professional Engineers. – Mr. Pennington will fill us in on the latest changes at the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and share some ethics information.

What I Really Meant to Say – Mastering the Art of Communication.

Presented by Randy Anderson – A strategy for increasing your effectiveness, persuasiveness, and memorability when communicating with team members and clients.

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Presented by Randy Anderson – Simple strategies to quickly and effectively resolve conflict without collateral damage.

12 Rules for Pursuing Personal Excellence

Presented by Randy Anderson – Is your “Give a Rip” busted? These simple but important ideas will help you to re-engage in work, and live a life with greater influence and deeper impact.

Update on Technology

Presented by Eric Spellmann – This presentation will inform us on what is happening in the world of technology in 2014.


♦ The Seminar is open to everyone! – Please invite others who might be interested

♦ Lunch will be served beginning at 11:55 am and is included in the fee for the Seminar.

♦ Dress for this Seminar is casual and the registration will begin at 9:00am.

♦ Amarillo College will issue CEU certificates for 0.7 unit ( 7PDH) to attendees who are present for the ENTIRE Seminar.

♦ Cost:

Current member of a sponsoring organization $35

Current student member or retired member of a sponsoring organization $15

Anyone not a current member of a sponsoring organization $55

IEEE January Section Meeting

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014



Please join us for an evening meeting later this month.  We will introduce the new officers and enjoy a presentation from some young and agile minds in our community.


Last year, the Panhandle Section of IEEE helped a group of local students purchase a robotics kit to introduce them to the myriad subjects required.  We will enjoy a brief demonstration and presentation from them.


This meeting being non-technical and in the evening, we encourage you to bring a date.


Secondly, we are currently accepting nominations for an outstanding member of our section.  Attached is the nomination form.  This can be sent in to Rhett Despain (, brought to the January meeting, or given to any board members.  If you know of a member who is deserving of some extra praise and recognition, let us know.


Steven Hudson

IEEE – Panhandle Section Outgoing Chairman


Update: Here are some images snapped from the event!

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